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LAWS77-809: Vulnerable Parties and Family Dispute Resolution


Vulnerable Parties and Family Dispute Resolution is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. In this subject, students will learn how to identify vulnerable parties in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR). Students will also learn how to conduct safety screening and risk assessment processes to ascertain the vulnerability of those parties and whether it is appropriate for them to participate in FDR. In addition, students will learn the skills and strategies required to manage vulnerabilities if the matter is suitable to progress to FDR. The subject considers the perspectives of all parties in matters where there may be vulnerabilities.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

Learning outcomes

1. Acquire a knowledge base of contemporary perspectives on the concept of vulnerability in the context of Family Dispute Resolution, and apply it appropriately in analysing practical situations. 2. Appraise and assess a vulnerable party’s suitability to participate in a Family Dispute Resolution process, and apply that appraisal in a safety screening and risk assessment. 3. Develop and use strategies to appropriately manage vulnerable parties in Family Dispute Resolution. 4. Critically reflect and debrief on given case studies which include a range of complex issues relating to vulnerable parties in Family Dispute Resolution.

Enrolment requirements

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Must be admitted into a Masters Law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?23/09/2022
Cancellation 2?25/09/2022
Last enrolment21/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?03/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?16/10/2022
Teaching census?02/10/2022